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One Health Ecologist

Indiana DNR
Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
West Lafayette
Job Description:

Wildlife Health Research and Conservation:

• Conduct statewide field surveys and research to study the prevalence, distribution, and impact of infectious diseases in wildlife populations.

• Monitor and track disease outbreaks among wildlife species to identify trends and potential risk factors.

• Collaborate with wildlife biologists and veterinarians to gather relevant data on wildlife health.

• Investigate the transmission pathways of wildlife diseases, including zoonotic diseases that can affect human populations.

• Study the ecology of pathogens in wildlife, including reservoir species and vectors.

• Prepare documents to obtain state and federal grant funds for projects that contribute to fish & wildlife health in Indiana. Data Collection and Analysis:

• Utilize various techniques, such as diverse methods of biological tissue sampling, molecular analyses, and diagnostic tests, to collect and analyze wildlife disease data.

• Implement statistical and modeling approaches to understand disease dynamics and assess the impact on wildlife populations.

• GIS data analyses (ArcPro or qGIS), proficient with python and R, ecological modelling (e.g., Lotka–Volterra, island biogeography), technical writing skills

Environmental and Ecological Assessments:

• Investigate the influence of environmental and ecological factors on disease prevalence and transmission in wildlife populations.

• Study how habitat degradation, climate change, and human-wildlife interactions may affect disease dynamics. Policy and Rule Development

• Identifies ways to integrate, summarize, and communicate the state of wildlife health to pinpoint emerging policy needs.

• Prepare recommendations to introduce or modify Indiana Administrative Code, agency policies, or other legal statutes on all matters pertaining to the management of wildlife diseases in the state.

• Preparation of reports delivered to public organizations or government agencies related to wildlife health and one health goals.

• Draft correspondence on issues requiring the signature of the Governor, DNR Director, Division Director, Assistant Director of Science and Research, or Wildlife Science Supervisor. One Health Collaboration:

• Collaborate with wildlife managers, conservation organizations, public health agencies, and other experts to develop comprehensive disease management and prevention plans.

• Communicate research findings and provide recommendations to stakeholders and policymakers. Education and Outreach:

• Engage in public outreach and education to raise awareness of wildlife diseases and their potential impacts on human health and ecosystems.

• Contribute to educational programs and materials related to wildlife health and disease prevention. Publication and Presentation:

• Prepare scientific papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals and present research findings at conferences and workshops.

• Review technical journals and attend professional meetings regarding current issues related to fish and wildlife health in conservation and management.


• A Ph.D. in Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Veterinary Science, or a related field with a focus on wildlife disease ecology (preferred) OR master’s degree (with four years of demonstrated experience with disease ecology) What You’ll Need for Success:

• Strong background in wildlife disease research, data analysis, and statistical modeling.

• Knowledge of disease and health issues affecting Indiana fish & wildlife.

• Knowledge of wildlife ecology, population dynamics, and conservation biology.

• Experience in fieldwork and data collection in various wildlife habitats.

• Familiarity with molecular techniques and diagnostic tools for wildlife disease analysis.

• Excellent communication skills to collaborate with interdisciplinary teams and engage with diverse stakeholders.

• Ability to present complex scientific information to both technical and non-technical audiences.

• Demonstrated passion for wildlife conservation and public health.

• Strong written/verbal communication skills.

• Time management, flexibility (can adapt priorities as needed to achieve agency goals).

• Ability to work well in an independent and team setting.

• Analytical thinking (can quickly assess conditions and develop the best solutions).

• Ability to maintain written records for research and maintenance of assets and inventories.

• Willingness to engage with and support strategic plans and goals for both the Department and the Division.

• Working knowledge of basic first aid techniques.

$59,800, commensurate with experience
How to Apply:

Email the Indiana Fish & Wildlife Health Program Supervisor to learn how to apply to this exciting opportunity: Michelle Benavidez Westrich,

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